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Train on MT. Bike?(8 posts)

Train on MT. Bike?CFVeloDan
Jun 21, 2001 11:32 AM
I mt. bike and ride road. I am going to start racing road this year and i wanted to know if it is good to train on a mt. bike? It's weight i think would create better climbing muscles and endurance. Plus I want to put less miles on my expensive road bike.
Sure....Greg Taylor
Jun 21, 2001 11:35 AM
..but you will really need to ride that road bike as well. I'd buy a set of inexpensive road wheels for training, and save your good set for racing.
re: Train on MT. Bike?steeveo
Jun 21, 2001 11:52 AM
I did it two years ago for just the reasons you suggest. It worked nicely. There's a transition period when you get back on your road bike (you have to get used to the different riding position, and if your MTB/road bike crank length is different there's an adjustment there) but strength and stamina will benefit greatly, in my experience, especially if you don't use the granny gears for climbing. I don't know that I would go straight from MTB training to RB racing without a transition, though. Spin & form would likely be off.
lots to gain off road.railer
Jun 21, 2001 11:58 AM
Many benefits:

1. Change of day in day out riding. Makes it easier to get out everyday.

2. Encourages great pedaling technique and efficiency. Pro MTBers have been tested at the Olympic Training Center to have the most efficient pedaling stroke of all cyclists.

3. Power.

4. Bike handling skills.

Bad points:

1. Can give you more road rash as falling is more common.

2. Can beat you up a little more.

3. Less consistent medium to train with. Constantly have technicalities in trails that force you to coast, brake, stop, etc. Also can force you to elevate your HR more than you want on easy days. For example, if you have a steep part of the trail that needs a certain speed to clean, you might have to go anaerobic temporarily.
lots to gain off road.steeveo
Jun 21, 2001 12:00 PM
I took him to mean he planned to train ON ROAD with his MTB?
one more thingrailer
Jun 21, 2001 12:01 PM
make sure you set up seating position and height identically on both bikes, otherwise you will have to adapt to each bike, ultimately slowing down your training progress.
yeah, big blue and purple bruises and knotty kneesHaiku d'état
Jun 21, 2001 1:28 PM
just in my experience, and only 'cause i'm a goof.

my goal this year is mileage and i've stayed off the mtb 'cause i know i get a little careless (adventurous?), but the weather was so nice here this week that i couldn't help it. monday (14 miles) was good dirt, tuesday off, wednesday (14 miles) was good dirt until i screwed up the "chute", a small climb around a sharp left-hand corner, and you have to stay in the outside of the turn and let centripetal force keep you upright. needless to say, the trail has changed since last fall, as has this little section. try as i might, i could't clear it, and eventually whacked the ol' knee pretty good. having problems even walking today. i'll miss the group ride tonight and maybe the rest of the week's road time.

that's why i stay off the mtb this year. i'm begging for injuries (on the bike or on my body).
re: Train on MT. Bike?GregJ
Jun 22, 2001 9:07 AM
I think you will gain more benefit by training on your road bike. It will help you get used to the increased speed and handling differences. Don't worry, you can get all the resistance you could possibly want and more on a light weight bike in the aero position. JUST RIDE FASTER, the wind and gravity will do the rest. A huge benefit to your road racing would happen if you started to train occasionally with a group so you can learn a bit about drafting and tactics and get comfortable riding close and fast. Expensive road bikes are made to log lots of miles. Good luck.